Relive Campus History with University AlbUM


Did you know that you can browse historic University of Maryland photographs online anytime you want? Just check out University AlbUM! The site hosts a wide variety of photos ranging from athletics to campus life. Feel free to browse by decade using the drop-down box, or search for subjects and keywords using the search box.

You can even search for and watch historic University of Maryland football games!

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UMD 123: Number 1

This is the first post in our new series on Terrapin Tales called UMD123! Similar to our “ABC’s of UMD” series last semester, posts in this series will take a look at the university’s history “by the numbers.” New posts will come out twice a month, on Wednesdays, throughout the semester; search “UMD123” or check out Twitter #UMD123 to see the rest. If you want to learn more about campus history, you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.

1 is for the number of Maryland graduates who attempted to become celebrity assassins


Andy Warhol by Jack Mitchell

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Valerie Solanas was a radical feminist who was on the far left of the avant garde New York art scene in the 1960s. She was the founder (and only member) of SCUM — the Society for Cutting Up Men and author of its SCUM Manifesto, which called for women to “overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and eliminate the male sex.” On June 3, 1968, she gained notoriety for shooting artist Andy Warhol and one of his associates, apparently because Warhol rejected, and then lost, the script for a play Solanas had written. (Life sure was more difficult in the days before you could save files on a computer!)

But long before Valerie embarked down the dark path of attempted murder, she was a Maryland Terrapin!


Image from the 1958 Terrapin Yearbook

Fortunately, it seems that Valerie was a much better student than assassin. Both the men she shot survived, and while she was at Maryland, Valerie hardly failed at anything, as evidenced by her membership in both the Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honors society and later the Psi Chi psychology honors society (she majored in psychology, despite what was printed in the yearbook). While at College Park, Valerie contributed to the Diamondback newspaper and hosted a radio call-in show where she gave listeners advice about how to combat men.

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Valerie Solanas and her Carroll Hall dorm-mates pictured in 1958

Valerie had a difficult time fitting in on the conservative College Park campus in the 1950s. She was an open lesbian and worked as a prostitute to make ends meet. Her non-conformity was ahead of its time and would probably have made her more friends during the turbulent student protests a decade later. As it was, people most often remembered Valerie as “rebellious” and “angry,” and she was not particularly close to anyone except for one psychology professor with whom she worked as a research assistant.

Taken into custody after the shooting, Valerie was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and served four years for “reckless assault with attempt to harm.” She died of pneumonia in 1988.

Hopefully her record as the only Terrapin would-be assassin will never be broken!

Do you agree with our choice of Valerie Solanas for the number one? Is there another subject you would have chosen for this number? Let us know in the comments section below, and keep checking back for new UMD123 posts!

Some information in this post was taken from Mary Harron’s book, I Shot Andy Warhol. You can find this book and other information about Valerie Solanas, the SCUM Manifesto, Andy Warhol, and the history of the campus at the University of Maryland Libraries!

Gridiron Memories

The University Archives recently acquired an exciting new piece of Terrapin football history: the program from the Maryland vs. Michigan State game on October 7, 1950.

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This 34-7 drubbing is the only triumph over the Spartans to date and was a landmark victory for head coach Jim Tatum in his fourth season at the helm.

Here’s a full account of the game from the 1951 Terrapin yearbook:

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We are excited to have the program to add to the Archives to commemorate this very special moment in B1G Terrapin football history! Stop by Hornbake Library and check out the other programs in our collection, dating back to 1923.



Trick Question

When did our student newspaper start publishing?

A. 1910
B. 1914
C. 1916
D. 1919
E. 1920
F. 1921

You may have guessed F, since the first issue of The Diamondback appeared on June 9, 1921. Actually, the answer is all of the above! Each of these years represents an important landmark in the history of the university’s primary student newspaper, The Diamondback.

The Diamondback had a number of predecessors:

A. January 1910 (The Triangle)
B. October 1914 (M.A.C. Weekly)
C. October 1916 (Maryland State Weekly)
D. February 1919 (Maryland State Review)
E. October 1920 (The University Review)
F. June 1921 (The Diamondback)

You could also have guessed 1894. A small paper named The Cadet’s Review began publication in spring 1894 for the Maryland Agricultural College (one of the previous names of UMD) but is not considered a direct predecessor of The Diamondback.

All of these papers, with the exception of The Cadet’s Review, are currently accessible on microfilm in the University Archives’ Maryland Room; The Cadet’s Review is available in hard copy. The University Archives has embarked on a digitization project to make The Diamondback and its predecessors available online, and graduate student assistant Jen Wachtel is recording information about over 100 years of issues on microfilm in preparation for our upcoming user-friendly interface. We look forward to posting future updates about the project, including Jen’s discoveries along the way. We hope you enjoyed the New Year’s post about the first issue of The Triangle in from 1910. Now, take a look at the first front pages of the other predecessor papers in our holdings!

This is the first post in a series of features on important and interesting stories in The Diamondback that we’re compiling as part of our project to digitize The Diamondback. #digiDBK

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All-time Terps in the Super Bowl

Getting psyched for Super Bowl 50 on February 7? UMD football fans will be more than a little interested in the game, since two former Terps are on the Denver Broncos’ roster–Vernon Davis and Darius Kilgo. Hoping for game-changing plays from both of them!

To warm up for the golden anniversary of the big game, we decided to do some digging to find all of the University of Maryland football players to ever participate in football’s biggest game. Below is the list of University of Maryland players to participate in the Super Bowl, both those who have won and those who have lost.

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Lessons for LIFE: UMD Manners Guide Gets National Attention

In 1941, numerous University of Maryland students were featured in LIFE magazine.  Not for an athletic or academic achievement, however–but for their manners.

LIFE featured students from Maryland acting out instructions from “To Do Or Not To Do,” an etiquette guide handed out to all 1,176 female students on the UMD campus. This publication was the creation of the Women’s League, a division of the Student Government Association concerned with social functions, charity work, and “to enforce observation of those rules and regulations deemed necessary.”  Rules on how to dress, how to conduct one’s self at various events, when to smoke, eat, or even say hello were proscribed in the slim volume that helped guide coed life.

Fashion choices and fraternity pins--just a few of the guidelines given to Maryland coeds in 1941.  Featured in LIFE magazine, February 17, 1941.

Fashion choices and fraternity pins–just a few of the guidelines given to Maryland coeds in 1941. Featured in LIFE magazine, February 17, 1941. Click to enlarge.


Etiquette guides were not unique to Maryland, and whether you believe that they encouraged good behavior, lockstep conformity (or even both), they were a mainstay on college campuses from the 1930s to the 1960s. Continue reading

Happy New Year!

On this day in 1910, the cadets of the Maryland Agricultural College published volume 1, number 1 of a new student newspaper, The Triangle, which 11 years later became the paper we know today as The Diamondback. Editor-in-chief Millard Tydings and his staff filled the front page with the social, musical, and sports news of the day.

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This was a terrific way to kick off the new year, and their work led to a 105-year-old tradition of excellence in student publishing at the University of Maryland.

One of the ways the UMD Archives will celebrate 2016 is with the early stages of digitization of the The Triangle and all its successor papers. Capitalizing on the success of our LaunchUMD campaign in spring 2015, we will begin work on making these digital files available later in the new year, even as we continue our fundraising efforts to finish off this project. We deeply appreciate the support we have received thus far, and we hope you enjoy reading the early years of the paper online when they are mounted.

Happy New Year to all of you, and enjoy the front page news from January 1, 1910!

ABC’s of UMD: Letter Z

Not a lot of Z’s on campus, except for napping students catching some here and there, so we chose the ZOOLOGY-PSYCHOLOGY Building, now known as Biology-Psychology, as the final feature in our ABC’s of UMD  series.

bio-psych buildingMany students believe that the building, constructed in 1971 and renamed in 1998, is actually one giant experiment, testing them to see if they can consistently find their way out of the structure following the same path, just like rats in the Psych lab. Considering how confusing it is to navigate through the building, we would not be surprised in the least…

Bio-Psych is now home to the departments of Biology and Psychology, the President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues, the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, and the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology Program.

This is the 26th and final post in our series on Terrapin Tales called ABC’s of UMD! If you want to learn more about campus history, you can view the previous posts on our blog and visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.

Do you have other ABC’s about campus? Let us know in the comments below!

We hope you have enjoyed the whole run of the ABC’s of UMD this semester!

ABC’s of UMD: Letter Y

Y is for YEARBOOK! The Maryland Agricultural College cadets began publishing a yearbook, titled Reveille, in 1897, 39 years after the college’s opening. The cover featured the senior class colors of blue and white (at that time, each class had its own colors, instead of the red/white/black/gold we know today), and the first-year editors included detailed information about the college career of each of the 20 seniors, as well as class yells, histories, and prophecies, coverage of activities of the alumni association and various student organizations,detailed accounts of the football and baseball teams’ seasons, and comments on hazing, among other features..

With the adoption of Testudo as the university’s mascot in 1933 came a name change for the yearbook, to the Terrapin, two years later. The name of the yearbook has remained the same to this day, with the exception of a brief interlude in 1971 and 1972 when it was called Us. Representative of the student rebellion of the times, Us is far from what would be considered a traditional yearbook. It was much more like a photo essay, with little narrative or captioning and reduced coverage of typical university events. The Terrapin returned in 1973, in a more traditional form.

Students have continued to produce yearbooks to the present day, and you can find digital copies of all of these volumes, beginning with that first Reveille,  at You can also review the hard copy of these annuals in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library. Yearbook designers have created some very colorful and clever covers over the years, and here are some of our favorites:

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It’s easy to get lost in these pages imagining what life was like at the university 10, 25, 50, or even 100 years ago! Enjoy!

This is the 25th and next-to-last post in our series on Terrapin Tales called ABC’s of UMD! Posts have come out twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, throughout the semester; search “ABC’s of UMD” to see the rest. If you want to learn more about campus history, you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.

Do you have other ABC’s about campus? Let us know in the comments below!

Check back on Monday, November 30, for Letter Z, the final entry in our series!

ABC’s of UMD: Letter X

X is for the X FILES!

X was a tough one! We could have talked about X-ray machines in the Health Center, xylophones in The Clarice or even the escapade involving the residents of Dorchester Hall and famous stripper Blaze Starr.

Instead we chose “The X Files.” The return of the sci-fi favorite to television for a six-episode mini-series led to the revelation that UMD biology professor Anne Simon has had a major role in the show’s success since its first season in 1993.

Dr. Simon has served as the show’s science adviser, making sure that all the scientific content of each episode is as plausible as it can possibly be, given the constraints of the story line. But how did she get such an exciting job?

Washington Post reporter Terrence McCoy got the scoop from Dr. Simon over the summer. Turns out she has a personal connection with “X Files” writer and director Chris Carter through a friend and neighbor of her mother’s. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!! You can read McCoy’s entire story here.

This is the 24th post in our series on Terrapin Tales called ABC’s of UMD! Posts will come out twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, throughout the semester. If you want to learn more about campus history, check back weekly to see what we’ve picked to highlight, and you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.

Do you have other ABC’s about campus? Let us know in the comments below!

Check back on Monday, November 23, for Letter Y!